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Rep. Eric Pettigrew, D- Seattle, speaks during a debate before a House vote on gay marriage Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, in Olympia, Wash. Lawmakers voted to legalize gay marriage in Washington state, making it the seventh state in the nation to allow same-sex couples to wed. The action comes a day after a federal appeals court declared California's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, saying it was a violation of the civil rights of gay and lesbian couples. Democratic Gov. Chris Gregoire is likely to sign the bill next week. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)